BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on Louisiana’s election sign-up period (all times local):

9 a.m.

Louisiana’s election registration period has opened, with a flurry of candidates at the secretary of state’s office to fill out paperwork and get on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Two of the four announced contenders in a special election for secretary of state qualified Wednesday morning: Republican former Sen. A.G. Crowe and Democrat Renee Fontenot Free, a former first assistant secretary of state.

The seat is open because Republican Tom Schedler resigned after being accused of sexual harassment by an employee. Whoever wins the race will fill the remaining year of Schedler’s term and will have to run again for the job in the 2019 election.

Top of the fall ballot are Louisiana’s U.S. House elections. All six incumbent congressmen intend to qualify for re-election.

The sign-up period runs through Friday.


5 a.m.

Candidates for Louisiana’s Nov. 6 election have to declare their intentions this week.The sign-up period opens Wednesday and runs through Friday.Top of the ballot are Louisiana’s U.S. House elections. All six incumbent congressmen are running for re-election. They include Republicans Steve Scalise, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson, Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves and Democrat Cedric Richmond.Also on the ballot is a special election for secretary of state, to fill the position vacated by Republican Tom Schedler after he was accused of sexual harassment.At least four contenders are running. The three Republicans are former Sen. A.G. Crowe of Slidell, Rep. Rick Edmonds of Baton Rouge and Rep. Julie Stokes of Kenner. The only Democrat to announce is Renee Fontenot Free, director of the attorney general’s public protection division.

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